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This review is from: The Science Of Discworld (Hardcover)
Okay. Let's start with what it *isn't*. It isn't a "Physics of Star Trek" type book explaining how everything there works. What it is is a combination of Discworld novel and real science book using UU wizards to explain how everything *here* works.
In the odd chapters, by the great Terence David Pratchett MBE (Hon DLit), the wizards, with the help of HEX, build a pocket universe in which there is no magic- the Roundworld Project. What happens there is... unexpected. In the even chapters, by top scientists Cohen & Stewart, we get basic cosmology, evolution and other peculiarities of science explained with reference to the Roundworld Project (resulting in the fun usually had in spotting "resonances" in Terry's text being lost, as the book annotates as it goes). Net result- An unusual, but fascinating, book.